An Evening with Peter Heller
106 E. Front St.
Traverse City, MI 49684
Peter Heller is a longtime contributor to NPR, and a former contributing editor at Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure. He is an award-winning adventure writer and the author of four books of literary nonfiction. His novels include The Dog Stars (2012), The Painter (2014) and Celine (2017).
In The River, Wynn and Jack, best friends since freshman orientation, share a love of mountains, books, and fishing. On a canoe trip in northern Canada, a wildfire making its way across the forest adds unexpected urgency to the journey. They hear a man and woman arguing on the fog-shrouded riverbank and decide to warn them about the fire, but their search for the pair turns up nothing and no one. The next day a man appears on the river, paddling alone.
Heller is no stranger to adventure. He traveled the world as an expedition kayaker, writing about descents in the Pamirs, the Tien Shan mountains, the Caucuses, Central America and Peru. He was the first man, with a Kiwi paddler named Roy Bailey, to kayak the Muk Su River in the High Pamirs of Tadjikistan. The last team that had attempted it lost five of their 11 men.
Doors open at 6 p.m. for music, Morsels and a cash bar. The stage event begins at 7 p.m., followed by a book signing.